Looters just looking for excuse to commit crimes


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We live in a free country that allows for peaceful protests. The key word here is peaceful.

With the recent shooting of a black man in Charlotte there has been more protests in that city over the police shooting. We want to note that on Sunday police released a statement that the man did have a gun and did not heed the warning of the police officers.

The point we want to make is that many times when “protesters” come out to express their feelings after an incident like this, you have those who loot and vandalize innocent businesses.

What does this kind of activity prove? It is only an excuse for certain criminal elements and thugs to use the situation for their own gain.

Then you have those in who throw rocks and bottles at police officers who are only doing their jobs and trying to protect the innocent people and to keep protesters under control.

This is not the correct way to protest or remember someone who was killed.

The United States is the greatest country in the world. We have freedoms that so many other countries only dream about. Sure, we have our economic problems. There is inner city crime. There are the horrible murders taking place in Chicago – which doesn’t seem to get the media coverage it should. Many of these killings are drug related and black on black crimes.

When a police officer pulls over a suspect, that person needs to obey these peace officers. If they are told to put up their hands – then they need to heed those commands. They do not need to reach into their pockets or under the front seat of their vehicles.

Police officers risk their lives every day they go out on the job. They are trained to react in certain circumstances to protect their own life and those of fellow law enforcement officers.

Anyone who is stopped by a police officer should show respect and courtesy. If you are innocent, then you should have nothing to hide. The suspects should not react with fear – but with respect.

These shootings, are tough for families and communities to deal with. But in the majority of cases the officers were just doing their jobs. There are a few cases where an officer may make a mistake and that is very unfortunate.

But these unruly protesters make things worse and looting and stealing from a store has nothing to do with showing respect or love for a victim and his family.

It seems as those race relations have gotten worse the past few years instead of better. We have taken a step back in time.

All we can do is continue to pray for the brave law enforcement officers and the stressful job they have and those are truly tragic.

Our society still has a lot to learn from different ethic groups and we need to get along and live together. At the same time we need to respect all of our law enforcement officers who are on the job to serve and protect.

We live in a free country that allows for peaceful protests. The key word here is peaceful.

With the recent shooting of a black man in Charlotte there has been more protests in that city over the police shooting. We want to note that on Sunday police released a statement that the man did have a gun and did not heed the warning of the police officers.

The point we want to make is that many times when “protesters” come out to express their feelings after an incident like this, you have those who loot and vandalize innocent businesses.

What does this kind of activity prove? It is only an excuse for certain criminal elements and thugs to use the situation for their own gain.

Then you have those in other who throw rocks and bottles at police officers who are only doing there job or trying to protect the innocent people and to keep the protests under control.

This is not the correct way for to protest or remember someone who was killed.

The United States is the greatest country in the world. We have freedoms that so many other countries only dream about. Sure, we have our economic problems. There is inner city crime. There are the horrible murders taking place in Chicago – which doesn’t seem to get the media coverage it should. Many of these killings are drug related and black on black crimes.

Yet, when a police officer pulls over a suspect that person needs to obey these peace officers. If they are told to put up their hands – then they need to heed those commands. They do not need to reach into their pockets or under the front seat of their vehicles.

Police officers risk their lives every day they go out on the job. They are trained to react in certain circumstances to protect their own life and those of fellow law enforcement officers.

Anyone who is stopped by a police officer should show respect and courtesy. If you are innocent, then you should have nothing to hide. The suspects should not react with fear – but with respect.

These shootings are tough for families and communities to deal with. But in the majority of cases the officers were just doing their jobs. There are a few cases where an officer may make a mistake and that is very unfortunate.

But these unruly protesters make things worse and looting and stealing from a store has nothing to do with showing respect or love for a victim and his family.

It seems as though race relations have gotten worse the past few years instead of better. We have taken a step back in time.

All we can do is continue to pray for the brave law enforcement officers and the stressful job they have and for families involved in these horrible situations.

Our society still has a lot to learn from different ethic groups and we need to get along and live together. At the same time, we need to respect all of our law enforcement officers who are on the job to serve and protect.

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